Georgetown is rich in historic resources and offers an outstanding quality of life! As we continue to attract development, we are challenged to protect the character or our historic structures and districts. Preservation of the built environment not only provides a link to the past, but helps maintain the look and feel that make Georgetown so attractive today.
The Historic Planning staff reviews projects in the historic overlay districts for conformance the City’s adopted Unified Development Code and Historic District Design Guidelines. Projects are reviewed through the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application process and may require approval by either the Historic Preservation Officer (HPO) or the Historic and Architectural Review Commission (HARC).
Whether a project requires approval of a COA can depend on the historic significance of the building, the scope of the work being done to the building or on the site, and if the property is located within one of the historic districts. Examples of project types that can require a COA include exterior changes to a historic structure, the construction of new buildings, new signage, fences, and the demolition or removal or historic structures. To read more about the requirements specific to which projects in the historic zoning overlay districts, please see Section 3.13 and Section 4.08 of the Unified Development Code. COA applications are reviewed for compliance with the Design Guidelines and the guidelines can provide guidance and direction for project design.
Interactive Historic Properties Map
Looking for a map of the National Register Historic Districts? Want to see if your property is identified as historic? Looking to purchase property and want to know where the Historic Zoning Overlay Districts are? Click the image of the map above to access the interactive map, and use the layers panel at the right to toggle the map features on and off. You can find out more about a historic property by clicking the red, green, and blue dots, and clicking the link to the Historic Resource Survey entry. You can even search for an address using the search bar at the top left corner of the map!
Downtown & Old Town Historic Overlays
Two overlay zoning districts were established by City Council to define areas that have unique development and design standards meant to preserve and retain the historic character of the buildings and neighborhoods located within these overlays. The two overlays are the Downtown Overlay District, which includes the historic downtown and surrounding commercial and residential areas; and the Old Town Overlay District, which includes mostly residential areas between Downtown and Southwestern University and south to parts of 17th, 18th and 19th Streets.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are a prospective project applicant within one of our Historic Districts or have any questions, please contact the Downtown & Historic Planner.